Sensors may not be as flashy as missiles, guns, or aircraft carriers. However, without them, many of the ROKN’s important assets would be significantly undermined.
“Our product is all about magnetic fields,” said Son.
“When a ship moves, it causes tiny disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field. Our technology can actually detect these disturbances. Traditional magnetometers use a two-axis system to detect variations. Our system however, uses a three-axis system. This means that the system can remain stable even when rocked by ocean currents.”
Son continued, “This is the most advanced technology of its kind in the world and can massively increase combat effectiveness.”
The company’s magnetic field detectors are used in several capacities. “There are several deployed for surveillance purposes already near naval bases and ports. I cannot tell you exactly where they are deployed because of security related reasons. However, the technology is also in use on torpedoes as well.”
In addition to this, the company’s magnetometers are used in deperming ships. Deperming refers to the process of camouflaging ships by reducing their magnetic field. “Our products can be used in a multitude of versatile ways. This technology is important for both offense and defense”.
Perhaps the most interesting of these uses is the utilization of Sensorpia’s magnetometer technology in LIG Nex1’s self-propelled mine. The device can be launched from the Jang Bogo-class submarine and is designed for use in high threat environments. Rather than risking an entire submarine to lay mines near an enemy port, the self-propelled mine uses its own propulsion system to propel itself near port, allowing the submarine to remain distant. After this, it acts like a regular mine, detonating when enemy ships get close.
“The three-axis system means that the mine does not have to be anchored to the seafloor. Even if it’s bobbing in the waves, it can still efficiently detect variations. This gives the mine tremendous flexibility. Without our detection system, the self-propelled mine would not be able to detect when a ship is near it.”